10 College Move-In Day Tips I Wish I'd Had Before MY Freshman Year

10 College Move-In Day Tips I Wish I'd Had Before MY Freshman Year

We all have to do it, why not make the most out of the process?
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I officially have one more week till I move into my first and last college house. Between living in dorms for two years, then living in a two-bedroom apartment, I'm ready to live in a home for my final year in college. Is packing and moving stressful? Yes. Does it always have to be? Maybe not.

Here's a list of 10 helpful tips to ensure an easy move-in day experience.

1. Pack ahead of time

No one has ever enjoyed last-minute packing. Do yourself and the move people helping you move a favor and start packing a week or two in advance. I have boxes organized and piled up near my door already. (You're welcome, Mom and Dad) This saves you the anxiety and stress of how or when you'll finish your packing.

2. Be clever and think of easy packing-hacks

Why take off the hangers off of your clothes and throw them in a box when you could bag and move them already hung? Or maybe instead of searching for boxes for all of your shoes/clothes you could use previously-owned duffle bags or luggage to help you move. There are clever ways to utilize house hold items you own to make moving that much easier.

3. Order food, everyone loves food

If you're like me, you hit the lottery with helpful family and friends. Want to know what worse than a day full of moving? A day full of moving and empty stomachs. Order some pizza and grab some water and soda for everyone. It'll not only provide a refreshing break, but delicious food and full bellies.

4. Multi-task for a clean, fresh move-in-feel

Moving can get a little messy. I found that as I move my bed from place to place, it's smart to wash all my blankets, sheets, pillow cases, etc. Moving takes time, just as laundry. By the time you're finished with re-setting up your room and bed, you'll have fresh sheets to end the day in. Nothing is better than that!

5. Bring cleaning supplies, and a lot of it

Although the leasing company or previous owners may have cleaned before, I still like to get into my new place and clean it top to bottom. If items are too big for you to load in your new place, you could multi-task and start cleaning while the others move things inside. By the time everything is moved in, the house will be clean and all that would be left is to start the decoration process.

6. Label. All. Boxes.

From past experience, you'll thank me for this one later. If you thought that everyone always knew to label the boxes for a move, think again. The first few times I've moved I never labeled boxes and I ended up with cooking utensils in my bedroom. If you label what area of the house boxes go, it makes the entire moving process more easy and quick.

7. Tape dressers drawers shut

This comes back to point number two. No need in doing more work than what's necessary. In case of a dresser falling or being tipped at a weird angle, tape your drawers shut so your clothes don't fall out and all over the ground. This will also save you the frustration of the drawers swinging open, even if the drawers are completely empty.

8. Hold off on purchasing items you don't necessarily need at the moment

Moving can be clutter-filled. If you want to buy new clothes or wanted to buy a new blanket, it's probably best to wait. Why add more items to move to your new place when you can wait a week to purchase them?

9. Make a move-in playlist

As Drake once said, "we're here for a good time, not a long time." Why not get the move-in party bumping and have good tunes to listen to while doing it? No one wants to make a move-in day last for hours on end, so let's have a good time and listen to some music while working.

10. Be positive

Again, no one has every thoroughly enjoyed any moving-day. It's hot, there's constant loading back-and-forth and it takes time. The best thing anyone can do is be happy and positive through it all to make the time more enjoyable for everyone.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

Cassidy
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